Skip to comments.EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT EXORCISM BUT DIDN'T KNOW QUITE WHOM TO ASK
Posted on 07/09/2010 7:36:58 AM PDT by NYer
The new and highly informative book by U.S. exorcist Father Thomas J. Euteneuer might be called "everything you wanted to know about exorcism but didn't know who to ask."
Its actual title is Exorcism and the Church Militant, and in it the priest, who also heads Human Life International, covers most major aspects of deliverance from evil spirits -- the difference between a possession and an infestation, the role of laity in deliverance, development of the Church's exorcism rituals, how demons enter, the way they hide from the priest, how dioceses handle such cases, and so forth.
Want to know if during an exorcism a demon can jump from one person to another?
"Except for true victimization by people practicing evil, demons can only enter a person with his permission," writes Father Euteneuer. "That is to say, demons can be sent into other people through deliberate victimization, which is usually the result of some form of targeting of vulnerable people by others practicing the occult arts; but demons do not jump from one person to another, even in extraordinary exorcism. The exorcist must always instruct his team never, under circumstances, to invite the devil to come out of a person and into himself because it never actually helps the original victim."
We may add a caution: without proper preparation -- especially fasting -- even a priest can be vulnerable. Demons can extend their wickedness to others, for sure, and we have seen cases where priests practicing exorcism or preaching spiritual warfare themselves became infected. Usually, it can be traced to pride (which weakens our bubble of protection). All of us must be careful of that. As Father Euteneuer says, "We must always avoid the two extremes: that of believing that we are invulnerable to them and that of attributing too much power to them."
Can demons hide?
"In fact," he says, " it is rare when demons do not try to hide from the exorcist."
Should an exorcist taunt the demon?
What does the Church teach?
There is so much about that in this book that it's unfair to synopsize.
Properly presented to a bishop, claims Father Euteneuer, most requests for a solemn exorcism are granted.
The problem: many dioceses are without exorcists or have priests who believe more in a psychological explanation.
Father actually reprints the 1614 Rite of Exorcism.
Like so many others, he warns of special harm caused by contact with the occult -- and here we all need to realize that it can enter subtly through horoscope and "fun" things like fortunetellers and computer games or movies or novels.
Can practicing Christian have a demon? Yes. How many exorcists are there? As Father Jeffrey Grob of the Chicago Archdiocese has lamented in a doctoral dissertation on the subject: "It is staggering to realize that there are no more than seventeen officially appointed exorcists working in the United States. Seven dioceses have exorcists working on a case by case basis in various parts of the country."
Staggering -- or terrifying?
Jesus cast out demons constantly. Obviously, there are many, although, granted, also obviously, many cases are one of "deliverance" more than full possession necessitating solemn exorcism.
As for the tools the Church grants us:
"Sacraments and sacramentals undoubtedly protect us from the power of evil but not because they are magic," opines Father Euteneuer. "They are, rather, spiritual fountains which confer grace, provided that the recipient of these marvelous gifts uses or receives them with faith. The protection of the Churchs spiritual resources can be likened to an electrified fence around a house."
We need an exorcism in the White House.
What is a demon?
Where do they come from?
‘What is a demon?
Where do they come from?’
Check your nearest Democratic Party headquarters, union hall, Teachers Union office. They are everywhere.
The best exorcism is defunding.
Defunding has been demonstrated to transform demonic parasites into productive humans.
On January 20, 2013, the first thing, after ordering the borders secured, the White House will need an exorcism and a fumigation.
I am very fortunate. Father will be speaking at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach, Fl tonight.
I’d say do the exorcism and fumigation first. An extra million mexicants won’t make a difference. But every second of demon possesion on the leadership of this nation is crucial.
I have been telling people for years not to mess with stuff like horoscopes and so on. I wonder if reading vampire books might allow an entry for demons.
We need an exorcism in the White House.You might enjoy Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer's letter to Obama ... We Don't Believe You Mr. President if you haven't read it already.
Good question. They are fallen Angels: beings who were created as good and pure as any Angel in Heaven, but who chose - of their own Free Will and in possession of all the facts - to reject God and to attack his creation.
It is dangerous to dwell on these profoundly evil beings. Their hatred and fury is greater than anything we can imagine: we hear an echo of it in the sickest ravings of the Left, but no human psychopath can compare to them.
Better to pray to Christ that we shall never know nor see them. Christ is our sure defense against their malice.
St Michael, leader of the Heavenly host, do thou by the power of God thrust down to Hell Satan and all his evil spirits who roam the world to the ruin of souls.
Fr. Euteneuer ... and am praying for him daily ... (ty NYer)
I have been telling people for years not to mess with stuff like horoscopes and so on. I wonder if reading vampire books might allow an entry for demons.Yes, indeed, says Fr. Euteneuer (and Michael D. O'Brien suggests it as well) ... Link.
Evil can also be transformed into light. We like to think that evil is ugly and can be readily identified.
"For such are false apostles,deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the minister of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Cor. 11:13-15).
Yes. These evil beings can certainly wrap themselves in glamor and the appearance of goodness, wonder, joy and fulfillment - no doubt about that.
They can also speak to us in, or impersonate our own internal mental monologue. And so prompt us towards acts of evil. Though as beings with Free Will our decisions are always ours.
I’d better stop there. FRiend, I want to be careful and not reflect any more upon these beings today. The same way I don’t pick at healed wounds, I’m sure you understand.
+ The Cross of Christ be between us and all danger. +
As for all the warnings: a demon cannot enter without permission. Remember that. It's when you take the actual demonic, not just the play, seriously is when you get into massive trouble. I'd still avoid the Ouiji Board. That's just creepy.
Another thing to remember is that a lot of times manifested evil disguises itself as something good and wholesome. And, no, I’m not talking about Harry Potter.
"Wherefore take unto the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to STAND. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with TRUTH, and having on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS: And your feet shod with the preparation of the GOSPEL OF PEACE; Above all, taking the shield of FAITH, wherewith yeah shall be able to to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is THE WORD OF GOD:" (Eph. 6:13-17).
I’ve seen evil wrap itself in the Word, so you have to be careful.
Ha! My first thought exactly!
I’ve seen that adding to or taking from God’s Word is when evil is allowed in. that and the ‘yea, hath God said’ question of the originator of evil!
Luther was possessed, eh. Well, that explains a lot. ;)
"Ive seen that adding to or taking from Gods Word is when evil is allowed in. that and the yea, hath God said question of the originator of evil!"
The Ex-Monk Mad man took old testament books out of the Bible, Also tried to continue the madness by taking out the book of James and Revelation. Truly madness!
Anyone familiar with Fr. Malachi Martin's discussions on exorcisms would know that for Fr. Martin, that would be an extremely short exorcism, with a high probability of recidivism.
Perhaps the last session lasted four hours?
He added phrases and took a few out as well.
FOUR HOURS! That’s ALL???? Father Amorth always said they took 10-12 and you needed one for each demon. Since they travel in packs, it’s not unusual for an individual to need four or five separate exorcisms for a single infestation.
BUMP (in the night...)
“What is a demon?
Where do they come from?”
According to the epistles of Enoch, they are the disembodied spirits of the offspring of unions between the fallen angels and women.
They are definitely not the fallen angels themselves.
I just got back from Father’s lecture. What a wonderful, engaging speaker he is. I strongly recommend seeing him if anyone gets the chance.
Another thing to remember is that a lot of times manifested evil disguises itself as something good and wholesome. And, no, Im not talking about Harry Potter.I read Michael D. O'Brien's book on Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture, and thought it gave some good information on how the devil wiggles himself into the lives of countless children through "fantastic" films and books, not to mention their parents. Graduating from Harry Potter, one goes to Twilight, and now there are kids who actually are biting one another instead of kissing ... Link.
I just got back from Fathers lecture. What a wonderful, engaging speaker he is. I strongly recommend seeing him if anyone gets the chance.Fr. Euteneuer is a saint-in-the-making. I would love to hear him speak. What was his talk about? How many people were in attendance?
I think it's interesting that fantasy, but not sci-fi fantasy is an issue. I don't remember any outcry over Star Wars and feeling the force flow. Good Heavens when Yoda gets the X-wing fighter out of the swamp without anything but the force....
But that wasn't what I was referring to. I was really thinking in terms of destruction of the family and all the assorted language that attacks the transmission of life such as "protected" and "safe" and "planning", etc.
Im very set against Harry Potter, he said. Its pumping into our childrens minds the language and imagery of the occult. Its extremely spiritually dangerous.
He also called attention to a growing fascination with the cult of the vampire, especially through the popularity of books and movies like Twilight, where the main character falls in love with a vampire.
I predict that in the next 10 years or so, well see an explosion of occult activity, said Fr. Euteneuer. The number of soft-core occultism in the form of things like Harry Potter, Wicca and the New Age is on the increase. These are the gateways to the hardcore stuff. Ask any inner-city police department if theyre seeing evidence of Satanism. Theyre organizing whole task forces to deal with crimes having to do with these things. As society becomes more faithless, this wickedness comes and fills the vacuum. --John P. Connolly, The Bulletin
Harry Potter is rewarded for breaking the rules? That's an objection? He does an awful lot of heroism to not be a hero. He does get detention in every book and in the end, he isn't the one to kill the bad guy. Didn't mean to spoil it for you if you didn't know that. I can see where the glamorization issue would be a concern if it isn't thoroughly explained that this is fantasy. I'd be more worried about Ouiji Boards which are based on actual occult practices than a world that's made up and uses a lot of western European mythological imagery.
It just seems like the massive vitriol is kind of chicken little-ish. There's other things out there that are far more sinister.
In spiritual warfare, I'm beginning to believe that the fictional stuff is more a bunch of red herrings than anything. There's actual real demonic practices out there and it's been around for a lot longer and that's the stuff that, for me anyway, attracts trouble which is why I stay away from doing any sort of seeking info even if it's in preparation for defending the Church. I had to quit and the subject in question at that point was freemasonry.
He spoke on how exorcism is not at all like shown in popular culture. The main focus of his talk was not exorcism but on the coming battle facing all Christians. He said this is evidenced by the increase of acceptance of the occult. Whether in actual practice or in movies and books that gloss over this and make it attractive. He said this is evidenced by the increase acceptance of immoral teachings and practice.
He emphasized the necessity for humility and complete reliance on Christ in spiritual warfare. And he reminded us of that frequent reception of the sacrament of confession and the Eucharist will give us Grace.
Considering that Ozzie and Harriet had one of their granddaughter's birth certificate altered to make it look like she wasn't conceived before her parents' wedding, I wouldn't use them as an example to emulate.Yipes! I didn't mean to send that message. That's why I said, "The devil would never go from Ozzie and Harriet to late-term abortion all in the period of a year or two ..."
I should make myself more clear; the gathering of information on the occult/freemasonry is to be avoided always! The devil wants people to either seek him out (through curiosity on these subjects) or avoid him (by not praying him away via the Sacraments and the Rosary). Both accomplish the same destruction.